As you all may know this is the one error that lot of people hate. Well, besides Windows crashing. First of all regardless what good system or bad PC system you have, you need to know this.
Sims 3 system renders/generates a huge amount of 3D at once. get it? no?
Basically, ok you are cooking with your Sim Maria, but you are not the only Sim in the neighbouhood many Simmies are doing their daily activities in one go. So it’s ok for the game to freeze once in a while. What we are talking about constant freezing from second to second, from frame to frame.
And you are ready to go!
Your system specifications covered. You install your drivers, and this issue still occurs. This freezing issue may occur even if you have 8GB RAM more than your game needs. Still keep on reading.
Lowering Your Display and Game Play
In the Sims 3 Menu you can lower the game 3D qualities and other rendering stuff. Reflection quality, Visual Effects, Lightning and Shadows and other elements can be lowered by sliding the diamond bar thing to the left. Lowering your game resolution ( Screen size) can be effective too, as it compresses the size of 3D. You can also try playing in windowed mode to see if it reduce the glitches.
Custom content is usually located inside your Sims 3 Save folder. In the mods you got to see if the your mods and CC are compatible with the game. There’s a little clinch software for you to do that. Sims 3 Dashboards allows you to automatically check if errors are present in your packages folder and may fix them.
After you open your S/W open it right click on the big white space. It gives you a menu, click open file location. Go to your Sims 3 directory, and open. It might stuck a bit and the loading bar below shows if your files are fully loaded. If the application crashed or not responded, you can try from the beginning and see.
Some mods crash with the game if you have the patch incompatibility, each mod is made with the creator using specific patches in their own games. Check your game version here. And see if it coincides with the patch required with the game.
Probably only the last thing you can do. Max your game play by other Mods.
Now actually why does Sims 3 freeze? Your neighborhood is big, and an ugly little simmie is stuck somewhere in an unknown place. This is called an unroutable sim. So the system pauses or focuses on this particular sim to get him to be routable again.
You are not the only person with vehicles, all the vehicles used by NPC and Sims can get stuck too.Pets and Radios may cause issues, and homeless? i’ve never seen that!
Now to the mods.
Overwatch – Overwatch is a game mod, that can automatically fix all issues related to stuck sims. After installing this. Start your game, go to the city hall, and new menu is called Nraas. Click it. Then click game commands, and a list will appear with either True or False. I keep everything true, so no glitches.
Errortrap – Another good one by Nrras, traps errors and stop them from invading your game.
No foot tapping for clear route – that weird two step simmies do when they get stuck, this mod prevents the foot tapping.
No matter how you hate it, if the above does not work you can try re-installing the game, backup the saves. And do a nice installation with fingers crossed.